Trade Treaty Gun Grab
Investor's Business Daily
March 23, 2013
As the world body meets this week to hammer out an agreement to restrict international arms trade, our Secretary of State commits us to pushing a treaty that may also restrict our Second Amendment rights.
Last Friday, the day of the week when unpopular or controversial announcements are traditionally made, Secretary of State John Kerry announced US support for the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), a final version of which is being hammered out in New York beginning this week.
Certainly the ATT is controversial. Touted as a means of getting a handle on an international arms trade valued at $60 billion a year, its stated purpose is to keep illicit weapons out of the hands of terrorists, insurgent fighters and organized crime at an international level.
Its vague and suspicious wording led some 150 members of Congress last June to send a letter to President Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warning that the treaty is "likely to pose significant threats to our national security, foreign policy and economic interests as well as our constitutional rights."
We have noted that a paper by the UN's Coordinating Action on Small Arms (CASA) says that arms have been "misused by lawful owners" and that the "arms trade therefore be regulated in ways that would...minimize the misuse of legally owned weapons."
Would defending your home against intruders, or US laws permitting concealed carry, be considered a "misuse?"
"We will not support any treaty that would be inconsistent with US law and the rights of American citizens under our Constitution, including the Second Amendment," Secretary of State Kerry tried to reassure us -- even as he represents an administration that seeks to ban weapons on their scary appearance rather than their genuine lethality, thinks the Founding Fathers wrote the Second Amendment with deer-hunting rather than British tyranny in mind, and would be happy if the entire US were a "gun-free zone."
As the Heritage Foundation notes, imported firearms, considered part of the "arms trade" to be regulated, constitute about 35% of the new firearms market in the US
"Under the guise of adopting what it deems to be 'appropriate measures,' an Administration could restrict imports by redefining what qualifies as a 'sporting' firearm -- the definition of which is left completely to the discretion of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives," Heritage reports.
The ATT, Heritage warns, "could create a national registry (initially) limited to imported firearms. It could impose new requirements on importers of firearms, or parts and components of firearms, for example, by requiring them to provide the identity of the final end user..."
Restrictions on imports might be extended to ammunition as well.
Last Thursday, Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., introduced a bipartisan resolution opposing the treaty. The resolution states the UN proposal "places free democracies and totalitarian regimes on a basis of equality" and represents a threat to US national security.
Our Constitution is unambiguous in its protection of gun rights. The ATT is not.
Interestingly, just as the world's worst human rights violators have sat on and often chaired the UN Human Rights Council, Iran, arms supplier extraordinaire to America's enemies, was elected to a top position at the United Nations Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty held in New York last July.
The US is one of few countries that has anything like a Second Amendment, our Founding Fathers enshrining the right to bear arms in our founding principles in recognition of it being the ultimate bulwark against tyrannical government.
The fact that an organization full of tyrants, dictators, thugs and gross human rights violators wants to control small arms worldwide is hardly a surprise.
Somehow, administration assurances that the treaty won't infringe on our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms doesn't reassure us.
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